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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Juan Soto made a leaping catch in foul territory in the first game of a doubleheader and ended eight hours of baseball with a milestone homer in the second game.Both plays from the talented teen keyed a sensational sweep for the Nationals.Soto hit a solo home run in the 10th inning Gregor Blanco Jersey , his second of the game, to lead the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday night.“I’ve never seen a 19 year old swing and be that patient at the plate,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s 19 but he plays like he’s been in the league a long time.”The Nationals rallied for three runs in the ninth inning off Seranthony Dominguez to tie the game at 6-all. Soto, who hit a two-run shot in the fourth, connected off Yacksel Rios (3-2) with one out in the 10th for the winner.Greg Holland retired the first batters in the 10th before he walked the next two. Holland got Cesar Hernandez to fly out to end the game for his third save. Wander Suero (3-0) got the win.In the first game, Spencer Kieboom hit his first major league home run after losing a tooth earlier in the day, Erick Fedde pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and the Nationals beat Phillies 3-1.The doubleheader was needed once Monday’s night’s game was postponed because of poor field conditions from weekend rain. The grounds crew used blow torches to dry a field that had not been covered with a tarp and players described as “spongy” and “soft.”It’s the Phillies who are stuck in the mud.The Phillies, who were 15 games over .500 in early August and in the thick of NL playoff race, have lost four straight games and are 6-16 since Aug. 18. Philadelphia fell 6 ½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East and 6 ½ games behind St. Louis in the race for the second wild card spot.The Nationals (73-72) also swept a doubleheader on Saturday and just may pass the slumping Phillies (74-70) in the final standings.“I’m not going to sugarcoat it. We’re not playing good baseball right now,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.The second game ended 8 1/2 hours after the first pitch in the opener — and with only a smattering of fans at the park each time.“I feel beat up right now and I just stood there,” Martinez said.The Phillies seemed poised to win the nightcap and get some sort of spark going to stay in the NL playoff picture. They scored five runs in the fourth inning off starter Tanner Roark, and Jose Bautista hit a solo shot in the eighth to make it 6-3.But Dominguez failed them and Kapler let his closer labor through 43 pitches before pulling him. With 20 active pitchers, Kapler nearly gave them all a turn during the day — except when Dominguez needed help.The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth, but the rally was snuffed when Bautista flied out.Soto had three hits and four RBIs in the nightcap and passed Ken Griffey Jr. for fourth on the career list for homers by a teenager with 18. He also has the most multi-homer games by a teenager in baseball history with three.“Can’t wait to talk to 2-2 over there,” Roark said in the Nationals clubhouse.The Nats had reason to smile — even if Kieboom http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-pablo-sandoval-jersey , a rookie catcher, was missing a tooth. Kieboom is waiting on veneers and lost half a temporary tooth earlier at breakfast when he bit into a baguette. The other half was stuck in his gums.He looked as if he spit out a tooth while he walked to the plate in the fifth in the opener. It was just a big spitball. He pointed to the gap as he jogged back to the dugout after the solo homer.“I just popped it off,” he said, laughing. “I’ve got to roll with this for a little while but that’s fine. The Caps, those boys play with no teeth. I can play with no teeth.”Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (7-12) was one of seven pitchers to work the opener.Fedde (2-3), making his second start since he missed two months with a sore right shoulder, tossed one-hit ball through five.The late afternoon start resulted in a sparse crowd for the first pitch. The 40-plus-person Phillies contingent in front of the dugout for the national anthem was larger than the bunch of fans in the upper deck.“One thing that we continue to focus on is who can perform best under sub-optimal conditions,” Kapler said. “So optimal conditions are a packed house and really fired up and energetic and suboptimal conditions are when you have more challenging situations. And I think today was a more challenging situation and we always challenge our guys to do the best under those circumstances that they possibly can.”FLIP OUTPhillies 3B Maikel Franco flipped over a railing and into the dugout chasing down a foul ball in the eighth inning of the nightcap. Franco left the game with a right shoulder contusion and neck soreness.DOUBLE DIPThe Phillies have played four doubleheaders this season, their most since 2011. They’ve played three at Citizens Bank Park since the All-Star break.MOVING ON UPThe Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson, RHP Enyel De Los Santos and LHP Ranger Suarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.UP NEXTIt’s a doozy: Washington sends RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.04 ERA) to the mound against RHP Aaron Nola (16-4, 2.29).__ It didn't take a strong pair of glasses to see that Severino wasn't fooling Red Sox hitters in the first three innings. He'd given up three runs, andthe amount of hard contact indicated that the 24-year-old was lucky it wasn't worse.Even with the bottom of Boston's order due up in the top of the fourth, Boone was thus taking a chance simply in allowing Severino to return to the mound. After he allowed a leadoff single to Brock Holt鈥攈is first step toward the first cycle in postseason history鈥攖he hook should have come out immediately.Instead, Boone let Severino give up another hit to Christian Vazquez Duane Kuiper Jersey , followed by a walk to Jackie Bradley Jr.Only then did Boone signal for a new pitcher.He screwed that part up, too.In a bases-loaded, no-out situation, Boone's first move should have been for one of the top arms from the most overpowering bullpen in Major League Baseball history. Boone instead opted for Lynn, a career starter who's in New York's October pen as little more than a long man.The move worked about as expected, which is to say not at all. Lynn walked Mookie Betts to force in a run, and then came Benintendi's three-run gut punch.By the time Boone called on Green, Lynn had allowed another hit to put two runners on with only one out. Despite Green's best efforts, three more runs scored, and whatever hope the Yankees had of mounting a comeback was all but gone.Elsa/Getty ImagesBoone did lead the Yankees to 100 wins in his first season at the helm. He also managed about as well as he could have in the AL Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics. And apart from the first three innings of Game 1, the Yankees mostly had the upper hand in the opening games of the ALDS. As such, it's in fairness to him to note that ineptitude has not been a feature of his managing.However, there's simply no explaining away Boone's blunders in Game 3.The long leash he put on Severino might have made sense if this was the same Severino who dominated throughout all of 2017 and most of 2018. But everyone is aware Severino struggled (5.57 ERA in 12 starts) in the second half. And while he refused to break, he definitely bent in his four innings in the Wild Card Game.Boone's decision to make Lynn the first man out of the bullpen is equally baffling. If he was going to bring in Lynn, it should have been with clean bases at the start of the inning. Once that ship sailed http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-ahmed-jersey , Boone's first move should have been for a pitcher accustomed to dominating in high leverage.The Yankees have a bunch of those, including the only foursome in history to record strikeout rates north of 30 percent:Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman.Why was Boone slow to call on his big guns? He told reporters (including Marc Carig of The Athletic) that it had something to do with Betances' limited availability:Marc Carig MarcCarigBoone says he wanted to steal some outs from Severino partly because Betances was available for only one inning.Bring on the skepticism. Betances did pitch two innings in each of the first two games of the ALDS, but there was an off day in between Game 2 and Game 3. All hands should have been on deck Monday.Indeed, a skipper like Boone has no business being a conservative bullpen manager. He's supposed to be the new-age guy who can take the Yankees to heights they couldn't reach under Joe Girardi's more old-school approach. Creative roster manipulation, up to and including aggressive bullpen management, is supposed to set Boone apart.No such creativity was present in Game 3, which is the worst postseason loss in the history of the Yankees. Now they need to win Game 4 on Tuesday to extend their season. Even if they do, they'd then have to win a Game 5 at Fenway Park to move on to the American League Championship Series.In so many words, the Yankees are in trouble. And in this case, it's very much trouble of their own making. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphsand Baseball Savant.

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